# 13-104/VIII (2013-08-01)

Karima Kourtit, VU University Amsterdam; Peter Nijkamp, VU University Amsterdam; Soushi Suzuki, Hokkai-Gakuen University, Sapporo, Japan
world cities; city performance; Data Envelopment Analysis
JEL codes:
C8, O1

See the article in Computers Environment and Urban Systems (2013). Volume 38, pages 67-77.

This paper aims to provide a new methodological and empirical contribution to the rising literature on the relative performance and benchmarking of large cities in a competitive world. On the basis of a recent detailed database on many achievement criteria of 35 major cities in the world, it seeks to arrive at a relative performance ranking of these cities by using Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA). A novel element is the use of a new type of ‘Super-Efficiency DEA’ to identify unambiguously the high performers ('exceptional places’) in the group of world cities investigated. This new productivity-based approach is complemented with two new directions in DEA research, viz. a Distance Friction Method and a Context-Dependent method.